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Naked Image Scanners To Be Removed From US Airports
2013-01-19 06:49:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Full-body image scanners that drew the ire of privacy advocates who likened passing through them to undergoing a strip search are being removed from US airports, officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have reportedly confirmed. According to Jeff Plungis of Bloomberg News, the decision to end the $5 million contract between TSA and OSI Systems, developers of the Rapiscan units, came after the company...

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2011-07-21 05:50:00

New software will soon be installed in some airport body scanners that will allow travelers to be screened without having naked digital images created of them, the Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday. The full-body scanners, which now operate at 78 airports throughout the U.S., use low levels of radiation that create an image of travelers that TSA officials use to identify any hidden weapons or contraband. Once installed, the new software enables the scanners to...

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2011-05-25 13:50:00

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Tuesday that new tests of full-body scanners deployed at airports found that the radiation they emit was within acceptable levels. The machines have been deployed at dozens of airports to thwart attacks on the U.S. aviation system, which has continued to be a prime target of al Qaeda militants. "The latest reports confirm previous testing and show that every backscatter unit currently used for passenger screening in U.S. airports is...

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2011-03-29 08:25:00

Posing no risk of radiation harm to travelers, airport use of backscatter x-ray machines by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been declared safe for those being scanned at airports throughout the US, AFP reports. University of California researchers have released a study highlighting that fliers would have to undergo 50 airport body scans to equal the amount of radiation received from a single dental x-ray. One would also need to undergo 4,000 scans to match the radiation...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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